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Diana Ross

Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, actress, record producer and an occasional songwriter. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown's most successful act and is to this day America's most successful vocal group as well as one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. As part of the Supremes, Ross most notably rivaled the career of the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and her success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul acts to find mainstream success. The group set a record scoring twelve number-one hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

Following her departure from the Supremes in 1970, Ross released her debut solo album, Diana Ross, which contained the hits "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and the #1 hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". She released the album Touch Me in the Morning in 1973. Its title track reached #1 becoming her second solo hit. By 1975, the Mahogany soundtrack included her 3rd number-one hit "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)". Her 1976 album Diana Ross included her fourth #1 hit "Love Hangover". In 1979, Ross released her first gold certified album The Boss. Her 1980 album Diana which reached #2 on the Billboard albums chart and spawned the #1 hit "Upside Down" and the international hit "I'm Coming Out". After leaving Motown, Ross achieved her sixth and final #1 hit with the duet "Endless Love".

Ross also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nominated performance in Lady Sings the Blues (1972). She also starred in two other feature films, Mahogany (1975) and the cult classic The Wiz (1978); later acting included roles in the television films Out of Darkness (1994) and Double Platinum (1999).

Beside ventures in Broadway, Ross was named the "Female Entertainer of the Century" by Billboard magazine. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Ross the most successful female music artist in history due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist in the charts with a career total of 70 hit singles with her work with the Supremes and as a solo artist. Ross has sold more than 100 million records worldwide when her releases with the Supremes and as a solo artist are tallied.

In 1988, Ross was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of the Supremes alongside Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Diana received a lifetime achievement award at the 2007 Black Entertainment Awards in Los Angeles.
Diana played a woman suffering from Schizophrenia in the 1993 ABC film Out of The Darkness, earning her three Golden Globe nominations.
Diana held a concert in Central Park, the proceeds of which were to go towards a playground in her name. 15 minutes into her show, which was being filmed live for Showtime cable television, it began to rain. Diana urged the audience of 300,000 to safely exit the arena, and return the following day. The following day, over 500,000 came back for one of the largest free concerts in the history of Central Park. The second show caused a problem for Mayor Ed Koch, who objected to the expenseof the 2nd show. To settle, Diana wrote a personal check for $250,000 to recover the remaining costs. The playground was erected 3 years later.
Diana wrote two autobiographies: Secrets Of A Sparrow: Memoirs 1993 and Goin' Back (a scrapbook collection of photos & poems).
Diana publicly dated actor Ryan O'Neal and KISS frontman Gene Simmons before she married Norwegian business tycoon Arne Naess Jr., in October of 1985. After a long distance marriage, Naess announced he was leaving her, their divorce was finalized in February of 2000.
Diana played little league baseball, tap danced and took majorette lessons as a child. It wasn't until her early teens that she developed an interest in singing.
Diana was nominated for both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for her 'Best Actress' in Lady Sings The Blues. She won the Golden Globe Award for 'Best Newcomer' but lost the Acacademy Award to her friend Liza Minnelli for her role in Cabaret.
Diana worked as Motown Records CEO Berry Gordy Jr.'s secretary in the early 1960s to make ends meet, while her records were being marketed.
Diana had problems selling records with RCA in the latter half of the 1980s. By 1989 she went back to Motown, and by 1993 she was becoming more of a pop artist.
Diana's third movie role was in 1978 alongside Nipsey Russell, and Michael Jackson in the musical remake of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, titled The Wiz.
Diana's second album with RCA was released in October of 1982, Silk Electric. It featured the top ten hit 'Muscles', which was written and produced by good friend Michael Jackson.
Diana was immediately a success at RCA Records with her first release through them selling a million. The album was titled after her remake of the Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers hit 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love?'.
Diana scored the biggest hit of her musical career with yet another movie theme, 'Endless Love', a duet with Lionel Richie. This was her last big hit with Motown Records, after more than 20 years, she left and joined RCA Records in 1981.
Diana went into her second movie, Mahogany in October of 1975. It brought about yet another chart topping hit single with the theme song 'Do You Know Where You're Going To?'.
Diana branched into acting, starting with a starring role in the 1972 film biography of jazz legend Billie Holiday, Lady Sings The Blues. The soundtrack was #1 on the Billboard charts, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award.
Diana and The Supremes managed to put out 12 #1 pop hits. After their last #1 hit 'Someday We'll Be Together' in 1969, Diana went out on her own to try her hand at a solo career.
Diana soon became the focal point of the group, and she was moved to the front and branded the lead singer. Then in 1967, they changed their name from 'The Primettes' to 'Diana Ross and The Supremes'.
Diana and her friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin all had Home Economics together in high school. It was in that class in 1955, that the four decided to put together a vocal quartet, and call themselves The Primettes.
Diana says she would love to give Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera singing lessons. Diana is very impressed by the current crop of female singers and insists she would be happy to give up her time to educate any of them privately.
Diana Ross sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XVI in 1982.
Her parents names are Fred and Ernestine Ross.
The Guinness Book Of World Records pronounced her the most successful female artist ever in 1993.
She was named 'The Female Entertainer of the Century' by Billboard magazine in 1976.
She was the lead singer of The Supremes during the 1960s.


80's Hits

Upside Down


Back In My Arms Again
Come See About Me
I'm Coming Out
Love Hangover
Someday We'll Be Together
Where Did Our Love Go

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